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Veg chow mein served on a white plate with a fork.

Veg Chow Mein

Veg Chow mein or chow mein with vegetables is one of the most popular vegetarian street foods in India. It's an Indo-Chinese stir fried noodle dish that's very easy to make at home and gets ready in less than 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese, Indo-Chinese
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 336kcal



  • 275 grams noodles
  • 2.5 cups shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup carrot juliennes
  • 1 cup bell pepper juliennes
  • ¼ cup spring onion greens
  • 1 medium-sized onion thinly sliced
  • 5-6 garlic cloves finely chopped
  • 1-2 green chilies thinly sliced, optional
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons green chili sauce adjust to taste
  • 2 tablespoons tomato ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 + 1 tablespoons vegetable oil/ any neutral-flavored oil
  • Water to cook noodles


  • Boil water with some salt in a large pot.
  • When the water starts boiling, add noodles and cook as per the instructions given on its packet.
  • Once almost cooked, strain the noodles. Discard the water and rinse boiled noodles with cold water. Drizzle around 1 tablespoon of oil, gently toss and keep aside.
  • In a bowl mix all the sauces, vinegar, black pepper, and salt. Keep it aside too.
  • Heat oil in a large wok or pan. Add chopped garlic and saute for a few seconds.
  • Add sliced onion and stir fry until it becomes translucent.
  • Add all the shredded vegetables and green chilies. Stir fry on high flame for around 2-3 minutes or until the vegetables are cooked but still crunchy.
  • Add the sauce mixture, mix and stir fry for about a minute.
  • Next, add boiled noodles and gently mix everything until the sauce evenly coats every noodle strand.
  • Garnish with spring onion greens, mix, and enjoy!


  • Don’t overcook the noodles, take them out of the boiling water 1-2 minutes before they are completely cooked. Rinse with cold water, apply oil, and keep aside till you stir fry the vegetables. Applying oil will help to prevent the noodle strands to stick to each other.
  • Always use a large utensil to make chow mein.
  • Stir fry the vegetables and noodles on a high flame so that they remain crunchy.
  • Chow mein is cooked on a high flame so keep everything ready before you start making it. Chop the vegetables, boil noodles, and mix sauces with vinegar and pepper in a bowl. Once you start the stir-frying process everything will get cooked within a few minutes.
  • More recipe tips and tricks are given within the post above. Please follow them to make this recipe.


Calories: 336kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 644mg | Potassium: 554mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 6708IU | Vitamin C: 73mg | Calcium: 68mg | Iron: 2mg